Although this haircut can technically be done on any length, it is more suitable for those with long hair who are looking to keep the length and add more volume at the same time. This style of layers is done very strategically to achieve the illusion of short hair on the sides while keeping it long in the middle, mimicking the shape of a butterfly. Because of its ’70s inspiration and its layers, it is often compared to the Farrah Fawcett hairstyle. “The short layers on top are blended through to longer layers on the bottom, and the shorter layers fall at or below the chin and the longer layers fall just past the shoulders,” hairstylist Jenna Spino tells Glamour. Because of how the layers blend together, they create a harmonizing effect of volume, texture, and movement all in one.
Writer Amy Sedghi detailed her experience with getting the butterfly haircut for Refinery29 and says that it’s the perfect style when you’re looking to keep the length but are in need of a hairstyle refresher. Sedghi’s hairstylist, Kostas Flouris, explained to her that a natural wave or curl makes the haircut sit better. “The butterfly haircut works much better when the hair is past the shoulder,” Flouris tells the outlet. “A bit of a wave makes it look much nicer and you can actually see where the layering sits.” Additionally, Flouris says that the haircut works to remove weight to create a soft flowing look; therefore, it might not work with thin hair types.